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New York Times – “Questions and Answers on Voter Fraud

When Donald J. Trump suggested this week that recent court rulings against voter identification laws could contribute to a “rigged” election this fall, his comments ran counter to the findings of many judges and researchers, who say such statutes aim at a form of fraud that is rare and typically isolated.

 

Think Progress – “The Inexplicable ‘Courtesy’ That Could Elect Donald Trump

On its surface, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. has very little to do with voting rights. It’s a case about the right of transgender students to use a bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, wrapped up in an equally important question of whether conservatives will succeed in weakening the executive branch’s power to shape policy during an age of congressional dysfunction.

 

Center for American Progress – “Race and Beyond: Voting Rights Victories Are Pyrrhic but Worth Celebrating

Over the past month, a set of state-level voter suppressions laws have fallen like shaky dominoes on a tilted floor.

 

Wall Street Journal – “Movement for Stricter Voting Rules Hit by Wave of Skeptical Court Rulings

A movement to set stricter rules at the ballot box has run up against wave of skeptical court rulings, dealing a setback to a Republican-backed initiative to tighten identification requirements and other voting procedures.

 

New York Times – “U.S. Seeks to Protect Voting System From Cyberattacks

The Obama administration is weighing new steps to bolster the security of the United States’ voting process against cyberthreats, including whether to designate the electronic ballot-casting system for November’s elections as “critical infrastructure,” Jeh Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, said on Wednesday.


 

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

AL.com – “Alabama city battles questions over closing precincts near black voters

Four years after Daphne elected its first ever black mayor, the fast-growing bayside city in south Alabama is facing scrutiny over the closure of polling places in neighborhoods with a large population of black voters.

 

Arizona:

The Eloy Enterprise – “Judge hears arguments in ‘ballot harvesting’ lawsuit

Conceding there’s no evidence of fraud, an attorney for the state asked a federal judge Wednesday to allow enforcement of a new law making “ballot harvesting” a felony.

 

California:

Voice of OC – “Fullerton Council Sticks With Controversial Voting Districts Map

The battle over voting rights in Fullerton flared again Tuesday night, as City Council members decided to stick with a voting district map backed by business leaders instead of one supported by a coalition of local residents.

 

The Mercury News – “Hutchison: Voting rights are important for former felons, too

Voting is a fundamental right, enshrined in the Constitution and buttressed by historic state and federal laws after civil rights battles that continue today. Anyone concerned about voting rights must be heartened by recent court decisions overturning restrictive, discriminatory voting laws in other states. But we shouldn’t ignore a threat to voting rights here at home — a threat that is remedied by a bill currently in the legislature.

 

Associated Press – “New ACLU lawsuit: Pasco’s voting system weakens Latino voice

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is following up on a lawsuit that forced voting changes in Yakima with a similar case against Pasco, alleging that the way the city runs its elections weakens the political voice of Latinos.

 

Connecticut:

CBS New York – “New Conn. Voter Registration Hopes To Curb Long DMV Lines

Connecticut officials are rolling out a new way for residents to register to vote in efforts to curb long lines at the DMV office.

 

Florida:

Miami Herald – “Don’t block access to the ballot box

I will never forget the first time I was able to vote in the United States. After fleeing violence in my home country of Ethiopia and making the perilous journey to Sudan, I was finally granted political refugee status and traveled to Los Angeles to make a new life for myself at the age of 15.

 

Georgia:

Valdosta Today – “GEORGIANS CAN NOW REGISTER TO VOTE VIA TEXT MESSAGE

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has announced the launch of a pilot project for Georgians to register to vote or check current voter information through text messaging.

 

Illinois:

WMBD-TV – “Election Day Voter Registration Law Being Challenged

The Illinois Board of Elections is getting sued. The Liberty Justice Center announced Thursday that they’re challenging Illinois’ “Election Day Voter Registration scheme”.

 

Reuters – “Group sues Illinois over polling-place voter registration law

A group aligned with a conservative Illinois think tank sued the state in federal court on Thursday, challenging a recent law allowing Election Day voter registration at polling places in the state’s most populous counties.

 

Kansas:

Associated Press – “Douglas County clerk says grand jury petition on voter registrations valid

A county official said Thursday that enough signatures were gathered to allow a grand jury to criminally investigate Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s handling of Kansas’ online voter registration system. But even Kobach’s harshest critics say they have seen no evidence he committed a crime.

 

Massachusetts:

The Boston Herald – “Many Mass. municipalities not yet ready for early voting

At least half of the state’s towns and cities have not yet finalized plans for early voting, just months before Massachusetts residents go to the polls, according to a new survey from a coalition of public interest groups and voting advocates.

 

WBUR Radio – “Report: Many Communities Not Fully Prepared For Early Voting

Massachusetts cities and towns still have a lot of work ahead of them to be ready for one of the biggest changes in state election law in decades.

 

North Carolina:

WRAL Radio – “NC voter ID ruling means another election disruption

Television spots aimed at educating voters about North Carolina’s voter ID law are being canceled. One million informational posters and push cards are outdated and most likely headed for the trash. Binders carefully created as election bibles for each of the state’s 2,700 precincts need a heavy edit, with no time to waste.

 

Ohio:

WLWT 5-TV – “Court hears appeals on 2 challenges to Ohio’s voting rules

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati is hearing arguments in two cases that challenge voting rules in the key presidential battleground of Ohio.

 

Ohio Public Radio – “Voting Law Challenge Goes To Federal Court Today

A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments today on Ohio’s voting laws.

 

Texas:

Dallas Observer – “No ID, No Problem: State of Texas Announces Rules For Voter ID

Mechanically, voting at Texas polling places this November is going to be the same as it was during the Texas primary on March 1. The easiest way to exercise your right is going to be by bringing one of the seven forms of photo ID — a driver’s license, state ID, concealed handgun permit, passport, U.S. citizenship certificate, military ID or special voter ID — that the state considers valid identification for electoral purposes.

 

West Virginia:

The Register Herald – “Voter ID laws are an affront to democracy

It seems that legislators have a whole bunch of solutions just waiting for problems.